Brad Loar

Mr. Brad Gregory Loar, CFM

Part-time Faculty, Human Geography

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In early 2014, Mr. Loar completed a 35-year career with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), retiring as director of the Region IV (Atlanta) Mitigation Division. As such, he managed a staff of 250 full and part-time engineers, planners, geographers and emergency managers to administer programs related to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood studies and mapping, mitigation grants, building science, earthquake programs, environmental reviews and disaster response, all throughout the southeastern United States.

Loar has conducted numerous lectures and presentations with national associations, home builders, 
realtors, code officials, engineers, architects, disaster survivors and governmental agencies at 
all levels. He has further provided training at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI).



  • Master’s – geography – Eastern Kentucky University
  • Bachelor’s – geography – University of Kentucky

Academic Interests

  • Regional planning
  • Floodplain management
  • Hazard identification and mapping


  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • Tampa Bay Homebuilders Task Force
  • Hall of Distinguished Alumni – Eastern Kentucky University
  • Hon. Doctorate – Humanities Eastern Kentucky University

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of State Floodplain Managers
  • Georgia Association of Floodplain Managers
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geography Honorary – Georgia Gwinnett College